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Write in the Active Voice


Active vs Passive Voice

Active vs Passive Voice

Courtesy of Carrie Cousins for this tip from her post on Weebly:

Use strong active phrases and verbs and write in the active voice. Think of every sentence as it is actually happening — a subject performs an action (active voice). An action does not happen to a person or thing (passive voice). There’s a fun little trick to help you identify active versus passive voice: If you can add “by zombies” after the verb, and the sentence makes sense, you are writing in the passive voice and should restructure. The other trick? Avoid the “is” to “to be” construction and find a word that shows the action.

To read the full article which features more writing tips, click here.


Author: Barrie Writer's Club

The Barrie Writer's Club meets every Monday evening from 6:30pm - 9pm at Grace United Church in Barrie, Ontario.

3 thoughts on “Write in the Active Voice

  1. Reblogged this on SM CADMAN and commented:

    Active Voice Vs. Passive Voice in fiction writing, #amwriting #tips

  2. Reblogged this on Toward the within… and commented:
    Active versus passive? How much distance/ownership do you take in your writing?

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